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SCOTS COUNCILS WATCHDOG BODY PROPOSED

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One of the first acts passed by the Scottish parliament next year could set up a National Standards Commission to a...
One of the first acts passed by the Scottish parliament next year could set up a National Standards Commission to act as a watchdog over local government, according to The Herald (14 Dec, p6).

Under the plan, all councillors would have to sign legally-binding contracts governing their conduct and behaviour, making it easier to take action against them if they stray.

The new commission would therefore be able to move swiftly against them with a range of disciplinary measures - up to removal from office.

The government proposes to produce a draft bill in the spring for the Scottish parliament to consider when it takes office, which could make it one of the first pieces of legislation to be enacted.

However, the Liberal Democrats said that what was really needed for local government was proportional representation in council elections to put an end to Labour's 'one-party states' which spawned such abuses.
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